I caved and bought a "no-name" brand dutch oven on the after xmas sales for $60 (at Capital Iron in Victoria BC if you're interested). I really wanted to hold out for a Le Creuset one and was tormenting myself with the kiwi colour versus the powder blue. I even tried to talk myself into buying one at the 20% off sale at a kitchen boutique store in Victoria but at $300 I just couldn't do it (even at $240 with the discount). There are too many other things to pay for yet -- like the new cupboards to house this lovely enameled cast iron vixen.
I've wanted a dutch oven for ages. Years. A lifetime it seems. And now that we've bought a place and aren't likely to need to move such a fixture -- during the student and move-once-a-year apartment days a 10lb pot didn't seem like a wise choice -- I've really been hankering for one. Especially with winter here. Even more so with the No Knead Bread Internet Event of 2006. I've yet to christen it, but with the cold, wet weather set in here I think that a hearty batch of Pasta E Fagioli (veggie version) is in order so it should be put to some serious simmering soon. In the meantime, I admire it on the shelf with glee.